Three Homegrown SecOps Tools Used by the Threat Stack Team

As a security company, there’s a lot of pressure to keep our data secure while still moving fast and innovating on product development. I find the intersection of security and speed the most interesting challenge as an infrastructure security professional. The unique thing about Threat Stack is that our Security and Engineering teams have learned how to work together to automate security into our day-to-day processes — making them simultaneously more secure, efficient, and effective.

I’m a firm believer that an effective SecOps organization involves people, processes, and tools, in that order. The tools we’ve built in-house are meant to make people’s lives easier, and ease some of the processes that make security a natural part of the workflow if you’re trying to get a job done quickly.

We’ve open-sourced a lot of the tooling we’ve developed to make our operations more secure, and hope you’ll find this information useful when you’re thinking about automating security in your own organization.

In this post, I’ll describe three of the tools we’ve developed (and then open-sourced) at Threat Stack in order to integrate automated security processes into our workflow. (I’ve also included a description of a fourth tool that we developed — an automated SOC 2 compliance checking bot. We use it internally, but to date, it’s not available outside Threat Stack.) Read more “Three Homegrown SecOps Tools Used by the Threat Stack Team”

What is SecOps? A Definition, Benefits, Best Practices, and More

While the technologies, processes, and cultural shifts of DevOps have improved the ability of software teams to deliver reliable work rapidly and effectively, security has not been a focal point in the transformation of cloud IT infrastructure.

SecOps is a methodology that seeks to address this by operationalizing and hardening security throughout the software lifecycle.

Unfortunately, there seems to be a disconnect between what organizations want when it comes to security, and what they’re actually able to put into practice. In Threat Stack’s recent report, Bridging the Gap Between SecOps Intent and Reality, we found that 85% of organizations believe bridging the gap and employing SecOps best practices is an important goal. Yet just 35% say that SecOps is a completely or mostly established practice at their organizations, and 18% say it’s not established at all.

In this post, we’ll discuss a number of facets of SecOps — what it is, it’s goals, how it benefits organizations, best practices for implementing a SecOps program, to name a few — with the aim of giving you some helpful background and, perhaps, some of the motivation you need to get a SecOps program established in your organization. Read more “What is SecOps? A Definition, Benefits, Best Practices, and More”

What Happens When You Sacrifice Security for Speed (And Common Ways Security Gets Sacrificed)

No matter where you sit in your organization, you should know what happens when you sacrifice security for speed. Threat Stack recently surveyed DevOps and security pros and found that more than half (52%) of companies make this very sacrifice, cutting back on security measures to meet a business deadline or objective. Additionally, 62% of security professionals surveyed stated that their Operations teams push back when asked to deploy secure technology — often because Ops fears it will slow things down.

This might not seem like a large problem until you consider what actually happens when you sacrifice security for speed. By putting speed above security best practices, you open your organization up to breaches and attacks. But ironically, contrary to the belief of some operations professionals, applying security best practices doesn’t necessarily require you to slow down forever.

In this post, the fourth in our SecOps survey series, we’re sharing what happens when you sacrifice security for speed, as well as some best practices your organization should apply in all circumstances. Read more “What Happens When You Sacrifice Security for Speed (And Common Ways Security Gets Sacrificed)”

How Sigstr Built Customer Trust with Threat Stack and AWS Security — Webinar Recap

On April 24, I had a great conversation with Sam Smith, the Chief Architect for Sigstr, a fast-growing SaaS platform for email signature marketing. Sigstr’s infrastructure is hosted and managed on AWS and secured by Threat Stack. Every day, Sigstr consumes and processes employee contact information from HRIS systems, customer information from marketing automation platforms, and email behavior data — which makes cloud security and data privacy key concerns for both Sigstr and its customers.

Sam’s team is a great model of how to make security a top business differentiator and sales driver. Since many of Sigstr’s customers are enterprise companies with significant risk concerns, the team has consistently been responsive to questions such as:

  • How does Sigstr access, store, and protect data?
  • How is the application’s infrastructure monitored and secured?
  • Had Sigstr undergone SOC 2 compliance or ISO 27001 compliance audits?
  • How could Sigstr help them meet GDPR requirements?

During the webinar, he shared information on how the startup managed to be so responsive to its customers’ security needs, while still maintaining a rapid pace of growth. Read more “How Sigstr Built Customer Trust with Threat Stack and AWS Security — Webinar Recap”

Highlights From RSA Conference 2018

Approximately 50,000 attendees descended on San Francisco’s Moscone Center April 16–20 for RSA Conference 2018. With cyberthreats on the upswing, this year’s theme of “Now Matters” was especially apt, and a wide range of keynotes, sessions, and courses covering cybersecurity today didn’t disappoint. In this post, we’ll recap some of the highlights in a day-by-day rundown of the most interesting sessions, keynotes, and events. Whether you were able to attend or not, we want to share some of the great resources and information that came out of the conference. Read more “Highlights From RSA Conference 2018”

8 SecOps-Related Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss at RSA Conference 2018

As you likely know, RSA Conference is one of the largest and most comprehensive security events held each year. Choosing which sessions to attend and how to prioritize your time can be a big job.

At Threat Stack, we have SecOps on our minds big-time, so in this post we put together a list of related sessions that we think are absolutely can’t-miss.

Before you start reading, however, make a note to join us at Booth #S2504 to meet with one of our experts for tips on how to Secure the Strange Things Happening in Your Cloud! Read more “8 SecOps-Related Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss at RSA Conference 2018”

The 5 Biggest Obstacles to SecOps Success

Even organizations that understand the importance of cybersecurity in theory often stumble when it comes to marrying security initiatives with their development and operations processes.

We recently surveyed a group of development, operations, and security professionals, compiling our findings in this report: Bridging the Gap Between SecOps Intent and Reality. We found a huge gap between intent and reality when it comes to implementing and practicing SecOps — a term that — properly understood — refers to the integration and alignment of security with DevOps practices.

Most organizations agree that everyone should be responsible for security, but this principle is not being upheld on a day-to-day basis in many organizations. And that’s bad news for everyone.

Today, we’re examining why the vision for SecOps hasn’t become a reality at most organizations. We’re exploring specific obstacles and attitudes to spotlight what is standing in the way, even at organizations where a stronger security posture is an explicitly stated goal. Read more “The 5 Biggest Obstacles to SecOps Success”

Best SecOps Tools: 50 Must-Have Tools For Your SecOps Arsenal

SecOps is a multi-faceted function tasked with a variety of responsibilities, not the least of which is coming up with secure software and applications while maintaining the development and release cadence users demand. It’s no longer enough to just concern yourself with writing code and developing software. Today, adding security into the mix is considered a best practice — and it’s certainly one we live by at Threat Stack.

Fortunately, a number of tools can help SecOps professionals meet these demands and achieve business goals. From dashboards that let SecOps pros view all the essential metrics about their apps in one place, to hunting tools that help users detect patterns and pinpoint potential vulnerabilities, to tools that issue alerts when anomalies arise, to attack modeling tools that create a standardized taxonomy of security threats, and more, there are many types of tools that today’s SecOps pros should have in their arsenal.

In this post, we’ve rounded up 50 of the most useful tools for SecOps teams in the following categories: Read more “Best SecOps Tools: 50 Must-Have Tools For Your SecOps Arsenal”

How to Achieve Type 2 SOC 2 With Zero Exceptions — Webinar Recap

SOC 2 compliance is one of the most common customer use cases we come across here at Threat Stack. Developed by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the framework is designed for service providers storing customer data in the cloud, and SaaS companies among others often turn to us as they begin to feel overwhelmed by the requirements.

Having undergone a Type 2 SOC 2 examination ourselves, Threat Stack’s Senior Director of Operations Pete Cheslock, and Senior Infrastructure Security Engineer Pat Cable, gathered for a webinar recently to discuss exactly what we did to achieve SOC 2 compliance with zero exceptions. Read the recap below, or listen to the full webinar here. Read more “How to Achieve Type 2 SOC 2 With Zero Exceptions — Webinar Recap”

How CEOs Can Be a Cybersecurity Liability (And What to Do About It)

Good CEOs are committed to moving their companies forward, increasing revenue, and ensuring that their teams are productive. When business challenges arise, they approach them with the best intentions. After all, it’s the CEO’s job to have the company’s best interests in mind.

Recently, at Threat Stack, we surveyed DevOps and security pros to learn how cybersecurity is being implemented at their companies. In this post, we’re sharing what we learned about how a CEO’s attitude to and perspective on cybersecurity can affect the whole organization, as well as how to approach the challenges that may arise. This is the first in a series of four posts where we dive into the data we unearthed during this survey. Read more “How CEOs Can Be a Cybersecurity Liability (And What to Do About It)”